I look back on a journey of discovery from the days and long evenings when writing was pure pleasure and publishing only a distant hope.

Lockdown had enabled two more books to be written during Twenty-Twenty, so even disasters can have a redeeming influence.  Becky Banning and the wider team at Grosvenor House Publishing have led me gently by the hand through the tangled thickets of proof reading, cover design and back cover blogs.

Tremendous support also from Simon Appleby at Bookswarm who has created this website, and continues to provide paternal management and encouragement; the website is closely linked to our newsletter and the growing list of email addresses. I have enjoyed further support from  PR for Books, first used to produce world-wide press releases in support of the initial book launches and now repeated as a form of advertising and a polite reminder of our existence.

White Clyffe has become established with healthy sales in English speaking countries around the world plus strong support from friends and family, reached regularly via the newsletter.  King’s Mercy, a recently published sequel, continues the story of the Johnson family expanding into cloth trade interests across southern England and France.  Second Revolution will be my third story from a vanished rural England during an age of mass unemployment which seemed to be beyond rescue by man or government.  As older families left the land, they were replaced by a younger generation living on the smell of an oily rag.

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